fishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel - THE TEACHER OF BASS FISHING
   fishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel -                     Every day is an adventure   Okeechobee
 
 
 
 
      

                Bassmaster Elite Classic Qualifier Steve Daniel

Steve Is know as "The teacher of Bass Fishing"  and among the most talented in the fishing industry. Steve is a 3 time winner on the FLW tour, 2 being on Lake Okeechobee, 1st FLW Forrest Cup Champion, & 3 time Bassmaster Elite Classic Qualifier. Steve has guided 30 years 0n Lake Okeechobee, fisherman of all skill levels, from the most experienced to the novice. A day fishing Lake Okeechobee with Steve is not just a day on the water, "It's an Adventure". It would be Steve's pleasure to put his extensive experience to work for you and make your day on Okeechobee   "a trip of a life time".
                         stevedaniel84@yahoo.com
                                                               or
                   (863) 885-2230   (239) 560-2704
 
                                         SteveDaniel@okeechobeefishn     

HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB, THE VOICE OF OKEECHOBEE FISH'N
                fishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel
 


Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·03/26/15
Didn't catch Hooked up with Steve & Deb?
THE VOICE OF OKEECHOBEE fish'n
Tune IN

Latest Okeechobee fishing report guest Power - Pole Pros the famous Watts Brothers, Gilbert family of Companies Kevin Hatfield part 2
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Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·03/20/15

HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB, THE VOICE OF OKEECHOBEE FISH'N
                  & your Pro Tips & techniques connection

 with the latest Okeechobee fishing report

5-7 am Saturday www.wokc.com
5-7 am sunday www.wafcamfm.com



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Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·03/12/15
Didn't catch Hooked up with Steve & Deb?
THE VOICE OF OKEECHOBEE fish'n
Tune IN

Latest Okeechobee fishing report


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Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·03/06/15

HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB, THE VOICE OF OKEECHOBEE FISH'N

 with the latest Okeechobee fishing report

5-7 am Saturday www.wokc.com
5-7 am sunday www.wafcanfm.com

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Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·03/06/15

TUNE IN                  3‎/‎6‎/‎2015 - 16:00 022815 HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB,   & 

3/7/2015 -000:00 022815 for 
Special airing post Interviews from Bassmaster Classic Champion Casey Ashley
& Bobby Lane
Friday12am-2am,7am-9am,4pm-6pm www.renoviolaoutdoors.com or http://stream.radiojar.com/kv24x4vkb.


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Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·03/01/15


TUNE IN  3/1/15  09:00 022815 & 
3/7/2015 -000:00 022815 for 
Special airing post Interviews from Bassmaster Classic Champion Casey Ashley
& Bobby Lane
Friday12am-2am,7am-9am,4pm-6pm www.renoviolaoutdoors.com or http://stream.radiojar.com/kv24x4vkb.




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Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·02/27/15

HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB, fishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel, 3 time FLW Champion, 2 Okeechobee, 1st FLW Cup Champion, Bassmaster Elite Classic qualifier with the latest Okeechobee fishing report 
Saturday 5-7 am www.wokc.com 
Sunday  5-7 am www.wafcamfm.com 


 

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                 HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB

Posted by · DEBI Daniel ·02/26/15

If you DIDN'T Catch ......

Saturday 5-7 am www.wokc.com 
Sunday 5-7 am www.wafcamfm.com 

TUNE IN for  report from Bassmaster Classic

Friday12am-2am,7am-9am,4pm-6pm www.renoviolaoutdoors.com or http://stream.radiojar.com/kv24x4vkb.

  HOOKED UP WITH STEVE AND DEB, fishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel,3 time FLW Champion, 2 Okeechobee, 1st FLW Cup Champion, Bassmaster Elite Classic qualifier with the latest Okeechobee fishing report, Guest : Skeeter / Yamaha pro'sTerry Scroggins, Mark Menendez & Marty Robinson along with Dave Ittner -Yamaha 


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 · Posted by DEBI Daniel · 2/23/15


Steve Daniel shared fishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel's post. · Interesting footnotes about the start of FLW in Clewiston, FL 1996 1st FLW cup Champion Steve Daniel www.okeechobeeprostevedaniel.comfishing Okeechobee with Elite Pro Steve Daniel added 2 new photos.www.okeechobeeprostevedaniel.com In its two decades of existence, the Walmart FLW Tour has experienced many noteworthy milestones. A look back at some of the Walmart FLW Tour's greatest moments 20.Feb.2015 by Colin Moore The Walmart FLW Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015, and while participants are looking forward to the new season, it’s also a good time to review some of the events that helped build the largest tournament organization in the world. Here are some noteworthy happenings from two decades of Tour history that merit a second look. Irwin Jacobs1. The Big Change: Soon after Irwin Jacobs acquired Operation Bass in the summer of 1996 and renamed the company FLW, the Tour’s trajectory started going almost straight up. Walmart and a host of the best-known brand names in the country came on as sponsors, and a television program and multi-media website were added. Along the way, several innovative steps were taken that resulted in a modern tournament organization that successfully integrated fishing, competition, media, fans and sponsors. Because of the influx of new backers, prize money rose exponentially and made a professional career in bass fishing more attainable for fishermen – whatever the circuit. Likewise, the Walmart FLW Tour had a restorative effect on competitive fishing in general, and the benefits of Jacobs’ handiwork rippled through the boating, tackle and electronics industries like a tonic. Footnote: While winning is goal No. 1 to a tournament angler, “getting a check” in a Walmart FLW Tour event is a nice consolation prize for those who don’t win every time out of the gate. Not counting almost $3 million paid out in contingency awards and other special awards to Tour competitors since 1996, more than $118 million in prize money has gone to pros and co-anglers in this, the richest circuit of them all. Through the years, Tour prize money alone has made millionaires of 19 anglers. Even those who don’t compete have a stake in a Tour event’s outcome. Since 2008, when FLW Fantasy Fishing was introduced, more than $5.4 million in cash and prizes has been claimed by fans who predict who’s going to win and the top finishers in various tournaments. Pro Mike Surman proudly displays two monster bass en route to a first-place finish. 2. Where It All Began: The company staged its inaugural FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee in January 1996 in Clewiston, Fla. The Tour’s pro-am format, which allowed pros to maintain control of the boat and fishing waters throughout tournament hours as they fished with co-angler partners, was an instant hit. At the Big O, 156 pros fished with an equal number of co-anglers. Mike Surman got $18,500 for first with 44 1/2 pounds of bass that he caught on the still-ubiquitous Okeechobee bait: a Gambler Crawdad. Doug Hampton of Barbourville, Ky., was the Tour’s first co-angler winner. As it turned out, 1996 was a great year for Clewiston guide Steve Daniel, who won the second tournament of the season, also on Lake Okeechobee, and went on to capture the Tour’s first championship title.
In its two decades of existence, the Walmart FLW Tour has experienced many noteworthy milestones.

A look back at some of the Walmart FLW Tour's greatest moments 20.Feb.2015 by Colin Moore The Walmart FLW Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015, and while participants are looking forward to the new season, it’s also a good time to review some of the events that helped build the largest tournament organization in the world. Here are some noteworthy happenings from two decades of Tour history that merit a second look. Irwin Jacobs1. The Big Change: Soon after Irwin Jacobs acquired Operation Bass in the summer of 1996 and renamed the company FLW, the Tour’s trajectory started going almost straight up. Walmart and a host of the best-known brand names in the country came on as sponsors, and a television program and multi-media website were added. Along the way, several innovative steps were taken that resulted in a modern tournament organization that successfully integrated fishing, competition, media, fans and sponsors. Because of the influx of new backers, prize money rose exponentially and made a professional career in bass fishing more attainable for fishermen – whatever the circuit. Likewise, the Walmart FLW Tour had a restorative effect on competitive fishing in general, and the benefits of Jacobs’ handiwork rippled through the boating, tackle and electronics industries like a tonic. Footnote: While winning is goal No. 1 to a tournament angler, “getting a check” in a Walmart FLW Tour event is a nice consolation prize for those who don’t win every time out of the gate. Not counting almost $3 million paid out in contingency awards and other special awards to Tour competitors since 1996, more than $118 million in prize money has gone to pros and co-anglers in this, the richest circuit of them all. Through the years, Tour prize money alone has made millionaires of 19 anglers. Even those who don’t compete have a stake in a Tour event’s outcome. Since 2008, when FLW Fantasy Fishing was introduced, more than $5.4 million in cash and prizes has been claimed by fans who predict who’s going to win and the top finishers in various tournaments. Pro Mike Surman proudly displays two monster bass en route to a first-place finish. 2. Where It All Began: The company staged its inaugural FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee in January 1996 in Clewiston, Fla. The Tour’s pro-am format, which allowed pros to maintain control of the boat and fishing waters throughout tournament hours as they fished with co-angler partners, was an instant hit. At the Big O, 156 pros fished with an equal number of co-anglers. Mike Surman got $18,500 for first with 44 1/2 pounds of bass that he caught on the still-ubiquitous Okeechobee bait: a Gambler Crawdad. Doug Hampton of Barbourville, Ky., was the Tour’s first co-angler winner. As it turned out, 1996 was a great year for Clewiston guide Steve Daniel, who won the second tournament of the season, also on Lake Okeechobee, and went on to capture the Tour’s first championship title.
In its two decades of existence, the Walmart FLW Tour has experienced many noteworthy milestones.

A look back at some of the Walmart FLW Tour's greatest moments 20.Feb.2015 by Colin Moore The Walmart FLW Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015, and while participants are looking forward to the new season, it’s also a good time to review some of the events that helped build the largest tournament organization in the world. Here are some noteworthy happenings from two decades of Tour history that merit a second look. Irwin Jacobs1. The Big Change: Soon after Irwin Jacobs acquired Operation Bass in the summer of 1996 and renamed the company FLW, the Tour’s trajectory started going almost straight up. Walmart and a host of the best-known brand names in the country came on as sponsors, and a television program and multi-media website were added. Along the way, several innovative steps were taken that resulted in a modern tournament organization that successfully integrated fishing, competition, media, fans and sponsors. Because of the influx of new backers, prize money rose exponentially and made a professional career in bass fishing more attainable for fishermen – whatever the circuit. Likewise, the Walmart FLW Tour had a restorative effect on competitive fishing in general, and the benefits of Jacobs’ handiwork rippled through the boating, tackle and electronics industries like a tonic. Footnote: While winning is goal No. 1 to a tournament angler, “getting a check” in a Walmart FLW Tour event is a nice consolation prize for those who don’t win every time out of the gate. Not counting almost $3 million paid out in contingency awards and other special awards to Tour competitors since 1996, more than $118 million in prize money has gone to pros and co-anglers in this, the richest circuit of them all. Through the years, Tour prize money alone has made millionaires of 19 anglers. Even those who don’t compete have a stake in a Tour event’s outcome. Since 2008, when FLW Fantasy Fishing was introduced, more than $5.4 million in cash and prizes has been claimed by fans who predict who’s going to win and the top finishers in various tournaments. Pro Mike Surman proudly displays two monster bass en route to a first-place finish. 2. Where It All Began: The company staged its inaugural FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee in January 1996 in Clewiston, Fla. The Tour’s pro-am format, which allowed pros to maintain control of the boat and fishing waters throughout tournament hours as they fished with co-angler partners, was an instant hit. At the Big O, 156 pros fished with an equal number of co-anglers. Mike Surman got $18,500 for first with 44 1/2 pounds of bass that he caught on the still-ubiquitous Okeechobee bait: a Gambler Crawdad. Doug Hampton of Barbourville, Ky., was the Tour’s first co-angler winner. As it turned out, 1996 was a great year for Clewiston guide Steve Daniel, who won the second tournament of the season, also on Lake Okeechobee, and went on to capture the Tour’s first championship title. Footnote: In the Tour’s opening season, fishing legend Roland Martin came as close to winning an FLW tournament as he ever would, finishing runner-up to Daniel at that second Lake Okeechobee event. Steve Daniel won the first Forrest Wood Cup in 1996. He also won a qualifier that same season.3. The First Championship: Forty-two pros and an equal number of co-anglers qualified for FLW’s first championship event, which took place in early November 1996 on Georgia’s Lake Sinclair. With a performance that mimicked the tortoise’s race with the hare, Steve Daniel’s consistency carried him from 21st place in the opening round to the title. Co-angler stalwart Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., was the first co-angler champion and won $16,500. Daniel took home $18,500 in prize money. In a sign of things to come, a young Tennessee angler named Andy Morgan placed fifth. Morgan actually lead the field with 20 pounds, 1 ounce at the end of the second day, but at that time the top 10 started from scratch after the first two rounds, and Morgan was unable to maintain his pace in the two-day championship round. Today he has two Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year titles and is regarded as one of the best pros of all time. Footnote: Some pros never earn $1 million in tournament prize money during their entire career. It only took four days in August 2007 for one Arkansas pro to become a millionaire. That year, Scott Suggs of Bryant won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and with it the grand prize of $1 million. His winning weight (based on the two-day final round; weights were cleared after the first two days) was almost 5 pounds heavier than that of Oklahoma’s Darrel Robertson, who took home $100,000 for finishing second. Pro Jim Nolan shows off his monster 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth - the largest bass caught on the FLW Tour all year. Nolan, who was in fourth place after today's events, used the fish to win the day's big bass award and a check for $750. 4. The Oldest Record: Though records are made to be broken, the one for heaviest Big Bass weighed in by a Tour pro has withstood the test of time. The fish hefted 11 pounds, 14 ounces and was caught by Arkansas pro Jim Nolan in March 1996 at Santee Cooper in South Carolina in the first round of the third tournament that year. Nolan was fishing down a grassy point when the big bass gulped down a 3/4-ounce Switchblade spinnerbait with silver and gold willow-leaf blades. Noland caught one more keeper from the area that day, but despite repeated efforts the following day, couldn’t repeat his success. Footnote: Nolan’s wasn’t the only record set in the ’96 Santee Cooper tournament. Mark Mauldin’s five-fish limit of 27 pounds, 13 ounces still stands as the heaviest one-day stringer weighed in by a co-angler. Kellogg's team member Steve Daniel (left) and his co-angler partner Lewis Southard check in with tournament officials before takeoff. 5. That’s a Wrap: Ranger has always been the official boat of FLW, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that wrapped boats emulating NASCAR racers joined the fleet. Wrapped boats grew out of a marketing effort to give sponsors more visibility at Tour stops. Bright colors and logos of such companies as Land O’ Lakes and Fuji Film characterized the first wrapped boats, which actually weren’t wrapped. Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark., manufactured those first boats with special gel-coat colors to match the company colors. Then, decals were added. The procedure was a stopgap measure, and authentic wrappings were soon developed to match FLW’s growing family of sponsors. The Walmart FLW Tour’s innovation soon became an industry standard. Footnote: Though some of those first “wrapped” Rangers wore “loud” colors, the company sold all of them in the U.S. and Japan. Most of the boats were put to good use, but at least a few were purchased by buyers who realized their value as collectibles. If you own one, congratulations. The 2001 Forrest Wood Cup, which was scheduled to begin on Sept. 12, was cancelled in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies. 6. The Championship that Wasn’t: The world stopped turning for a few days in September 2001 after Islamic terrorists flew commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, killing thousands in the opening salvo of a new type of war. The horror of Sept. 11 sent shockwaves rippling across the country and affected people and commerce in ways nobody could have imagined beforehand. Among other things, it caused the cancellation of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Champlain, which was set to begin on Sept. 12. In Plattsburgh, N.Y., FLW staff and fishermen had already gathered, and all preparations had been made. Instead of fishing, anglers mourned for the dead with their fellow citizens and made their ways home as best they could. Footnote: Though the winner of the 2001 Forrest Wood Cup would have collected $250,000, it was decided that each of the 50 pros who qualified would split up the prize money equally. Thus, each received $7,700. Each co-angler got $1,300
In its two decades of existence, the Walmart FLW Tour has experienced many noteworthy milestones.

A look back at some of the Walmart FLW Tour's greatest moments 20.Feb.2015 by Colin Moore The Walmart FLW Tour celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015, and while participants are looking forward to the new season, it’s also a good time to review some of the events that helped build the largest tournament organization in the world. Here are some noteworthy happenings from two decades of Tour history that merit a second look. Irwin Jacobs1. The Big Change: Soon after Irwin Jacobs acquired Operation Bass in the summer of 1996 and renamed the company FLW, the Tour’s trajectory started going almost straight up. Walmart and a host of the best-known brand names in the country came on as sponsors, and a television program and multi-media website were added. Along the way, several innovative steps were taken that resulted in a modern tournament organization that successfully integrated fishing, competition, media, fans and sponsors. Because of the influx of new backers, prize money rose exponentially and made a professional career in bass fishing more attainable for fishermen – whatever the circuit. Likewise, the Walmart FLW Tour had a restorative effect on competitive fishing in general, and the benefits of Jacobs’ handiwork rippled through the boating, tackle and electronics industries like a tonic. Footnote: While winning is goal No. 1 to a tournament angler, “getting a check” in a Walmart FLW Tour event is a nice consolation prize for those who don’t win every time out of the gate. Not counting almost $3 million paid out in contingency awards and other special awards to Tour competitors since 1996, more than $118 million in prize money has gone to pros and co-anglers in this, the richest circuit of them all. Through the years, Tour prize money alone has made millionaires of 19 anglers. Even those who don’t compete have a stake in a Tour event’s outcome. Since 2008, when FLW Fantasy Fishing was introduced, more than $5.4 million in cash and prizes has been claimed by fans who predict who’s going to win and the top finishers in various tournaments. Pro Mike Surman proudly displays two monster bass en route to a first-place finish. 2. Where It All Began: The company staged its inaugural FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee in January 1996 in Clewiston, Fla. The Tour’s pro-am format, which allowed pros to maintain control of the boat and fishing waters throughout tournament hours as they fished with co-angler partners, was an instant hit. At the Big O, 156 pros fished with an equal number of co-anglers. Mike Surman got $18,500 for first with 44 1/2 pounds of bass that he caught on the still-ubiquitous Okeechobee bait: a Gambler Crawdad. Doug Hampton of Barbourville, Ky., was the Tour’s first co-angler winner. As it turned out, 1996 was a great year for Clewiston guide Steve Daniel, who won the second tournament of the season, also on Lake Okeechobee, and went on to capture the Tour’s first championship title. Footnote: In the Tour’s opening season, fishing legend Roland Martin came as close to winning an FLW tournament as he ever would, finishing runner-up to Daniel at that second Lake Okeechobee event. Steve Daniel won the first Forrest Wood Cup in 1996. He also won a qualifier that same season.3. The First Championship: Forty-two pros and an equal number of co-anglers qualified for FLW’s first championship event, which took place in early November 1996 on Georgia’s Lake Sinclair. With a performance that mimicked the tortoise’s race with the hare, Steve Daniel’s consistency carried him from 21st place in the opening round to the title. Co-angler stalwart Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., was the first co-angler champion and won $16,500. Daniel took home $18,500 in prize money. In a sign of things to come, a young Tennessee angler named Andy Morgan placed fifth. Morgan actually lead the field with 20 pounds, 1 ounce at the end of the second day, but at that time the top 10 started from scratch after the first two rounds, and Morgan was unable to maintain his pace in the two-day championship round. Today he has two Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year titles and is regarded as one of the best pros of all time. Footnote: Some pros never earn $1 million in tournament prize money during their entire career. It only took four days in August 2007 for one Arkansas pro to become a millionaire. That year, Scott Suggs of Bryant won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and with it the grand prize of $1 million. His winning weight (based on the two-day final round; weights were cleared after the first two days) was almost 5 pounds heavier than that of Oklahoma’s Darrel Robertson, who took home $100,000 for finishing second. Pro Jim Nolan shows off his monster 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth - the largest bass caught on the FLW Tour all year. Nolan, who was in fourth place after today's events, used the fish to win the day's big bass award and a check for $750. 4. The Oldest Record: Though records are made to be broken, the one for heaviest Big Bass weighed in by a Tour pro has withstood the test of time. The fish hefted 11 pounds, 14 ounces and was caught by Arkansas pro Jim Nolan in March 1996 at Santee Cooper in South Carolina in the first round of the third tournament that year. Nolan was fishing down a grassy point when the big bass gulped down a 3/4-ounce Switchblade spinnerbait with silver and gold willow-leaf blades. Noland caught one more keeper from the area that day, but despite repeated efforts the following day, couldn’t repeat his success. Footnote: Nolan’s wasn’t the only record set in the ’96 Santee Cooper tournament. Mark Mauldin’s five-fish limit of 27 pounds, 13 ounces still stands as the heaviest one-day stringer weighed in by a co-angler. Kellogg's team member Steve Daniel (left) and his co-angler partner Lewis Southard check in with tournament officials before takeoff. 5. That’s a Wrap: Ranger has always been the official boat of FLW, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that wrapped boats emulating NASCAR racers joined the fleet. Wrapped boats grew out of a marketing effort to give sponsors more visibility at Tour stops. Bright colors and logos of such companies as Land O’ Lakes and Fuji Film characterized the first wrapped boats, which actually weren’t wrapped. Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark., manufactured those first boats with special gel-coat colors to match the company colors. Then, decals were added. The procedure was a stopgap measure, and authentic wrappings were soon developed to match FLW’s growing family of sponsors. The Walmart FLW Tour’s innovation soon became an industry standard. Footnote: Though some of those first “wrapped” Rangers wore “loud” colors, the company sold all of them in the U.S. and Japan. Most of the boats were put to good use, but at least a few were purchased by buyers who realized their value as collectibles. If you own one, congratulations. The 2001 Forrest Wood Cup, which was scheduled to begin on Sept. 12, was cancelled in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies. 6. The Championship that Wasn’t: The world stopped turning for a few days in September 2001 after Islamic terrorists flew commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, killing thousands in the opening salvo of a new type of war. The horror of Sept. 11 sent shockwaves rippling across the country and affected people and commerce in ways nobody could have imagined beforehand. Among other things, it caused the cancellation of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Champlain, which was set to begin on Sept. 12. In Plattsburgh, N.Y., FLW staff and fishermen had already gathered, and all preparations had been made. Instead of fishing, anglers mourned for the dead with their fellow citizens and made their ways home as best they could. Footnote: Though the winner of the 2001 Forrest Wood Cup would have collected $250,000, it was decided that each of the 50 pros who qualified would split up the prize money equally. Thus, each received $7,700. Each co-angler got $1,300 Footnote: In the Tour’s opening season, fishing legend Roland Martin came as close to winning an FLW tournament as he ever would, finishing runner-up to Daniel at that second Lake Okeechobee event. Steve Daniel won the first Forrest Wood Cup in 1996. He also won a qualifier that same season.3. The First Championship: Forty-two pros and an equal number of co-anglers qualified for FLW’s first championship event, which took place in early November 1996 on Georgia’s Lake Sinclair. With a performance that mimicked the tortoise’s race with the hare, Steve Daniel’s consistency carried him from 21st place in the opening round to the title. Co-angler stalwart Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., was the first co-angler champion and won $16,500. Daniel took home $18,500 in prize money. In a sign of things to come, a young Tennessee angler named Andy Morgan placed fifth. Morgan actually lead the field with 20 pounds, 1 ounce at the end of the second day, but at that time the top 10 started from scratch after the first two rounds, and Morgan was unable to maintain his pace in the two-day championship round. Today he has two Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year titles and is regarded as one of the best pros of all time. Footnote: Some pros never earn $1 million in tournament prize money during their entire career. It only took four days in August 2007 for one Arkansas pro to become a millionaire. That year, Scott Suggs of Bryant won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and with it the grand prize of $1 million. His winning weight (based on the two-day final round; weights were cleared after the first two days) was almost 5 pounds heavier than that of Oklahoma’s Darrel Robertson, who took home $100,000 for finishing second. Pro Jim Nolan shows off his monster 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth - the largest bass caught on the FLW Tour all year. Nolan, who was in fourth place after today's events, used the fish to win the day's big bass award and a check for $750. 4. The Oldest Record: Though records are made to be broken, the one for heaviest Big Bass weighed in by a Tour pro has withstood the test of time. The fish hefted 11 pounds, 14 ounces and was caught by Arkansas pro Jim Nolan in March 1996 at Santee Cooper in South Carolina in the first round of the third tournament that year. Nolan was fishing down a grassy point when the big bass gulped down a 3/4-ounce Switchblade spinnerbait with silver and gold willow-leaf blades. Noland caught one more keeper from the area that day, but despite repeated efforts the following day, couldn’t repeat his success. Footnote: Nolan’s wasn’t the only record set in the ’96 Santee Cooper tournament. Mark Mauldin’s five-fish limit of 27 pounds, 13 ounces still stands as the heaviest one-day stringer weighed in by a co-angler. Kellogg's team member Steve Daniel (left) and his co-angler partner Lewis Southard check in with tournament officials before takeoff. 5. That’s a Wrap: Ranger has always been the official boat of FLW, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that wrapped boats emulating NASCAR racers joined the fleet. Wrapped boats grew out of a marketing effort to give sponsors more visibility at Tour stops. Bright colors and logos of such companies as Land O’ Lakes and Fuji Film characterized the first wrapped boats, which actually weren’t wrapped. Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark., manufactured those first boats with special gel-coat colors to match the company colors. Then, decals were added. The procedure was a stopgap measure, and authentic wrappings were soon developed to match FLW’s growing family of sponsors. The Walmart FLW Tour’s innovation soon became an industry standard. Footnote: Though some of those first “wrapped” Rangers wore “loud” colors, the company sold all of them in the U.S. and Japan. Most of the boats were put to good use, but at least a few were purchased by buyers who realized their value as collectibles. If you own one, congratulations. The 2001 Forrest Wood Cup, which was scheduled to begin on Sept. 12, was cancelled in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies. 6. The Championship that Wasn’t: The world stopped turning for a few days in September 2001 after Islamic terrorists flew commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, killing thousands in the opening salvo of a new type of war. The horror of Sept. 11 sent shockwaves rippling across the country and affected people and commerce in ways nobody could have imagined beforehand. Among other things, it caused the cancellation of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Champlain, which was set to begin on Sept. 12. In Plattsburgh, N.Y., FLW staff and fishermen had already gathered, and all preparations had been made. Instead of fishing, anglers mourned for the dead with their fellow citizens and made their ways home as best they could. Footnote: Though the winner of the 2001 Forrest Wood Cup would have collected $250,000, it was decided that each of the 50 pros who qualified would split up the prize money equally. Thus, each received $7,700. Each co-angler got $1,300 Footnote: In the Tour’s opening season, fishing legend Roland Martin came as close to winning an FLW tournament as he ever would, finishing runner-up to Daniel at that second Lake Okeechobee event. Steve Daniel won the first Forrest Wood Cup in 1996. He also won a qualifier that same season.3. The First Championship: Forty-two pros and an equal number of co-anglers qualified for FLW’s first championship event, which took place in early November 1996 on Georgia’s Lake Sinclair. With a performance that mimicked the tortoise’s race with the hare, Steve Daniel’s consistency carried him from 21st place in the opening round to the title. Co-angler stalwart Todd Lee of Jasper, Ala., was the first co-angler champion and won $16,500. Daniel took home $18,500 in prize money. In a sign of things to come, a young Tennessee angler named Andy Morgan placed fifth. Morgan actually lead the field with 20 pounds, 1 ounce at the end of the second day, but at that time the top 10 started from scratch after the first two rounds, and Morgan was unable to maintain his pace in the two-day championship round. Today he has two Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year titles and is regarded as one of the best pros of all time. Footnote: Some pros never earn $1 million in tournament prize money during their entire career. It only took four days in August 2007 for one Arkansas pro to become a millionaire. That year, Scott Suggs of Bryant won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and with it the grand prize of $1 million. His winning weight (based on the two-day final round; weights were cleared after the first two days) was almost 5 pounds heavier than that of Oklahoma’s Darrel Robertson, who took home $100,000 for finishing second. Pro Jim Nolan shows off his monster 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth - the largest bass caught on the FLW Tour all year. Nolan, who was in fourth place after today's events, used the fish to win the day's big bass award and a check for $750. 4. The Oldest Record: Though records are made to be broken, the one for heaviest Big Bass weighed in by a Tour pro has withstood the test of time. The fish hefted 11 pounds, 14 ounces and was caught by Arkansas pro Jim Nolan in March 1996 at Santee Cooper in South Carolina in the first round of the third tournament that year. Nolan was fishing down a grassy point when the big bass gulped down a 3/4-ounce Switchblade spinnerbait with silver and gold willow-leaf blades. Noland caught one more keeper from the area that day, but despite repeated efforts the following day, couldn’t repeat his success. Footnote: Nolan’s wasn’t the only record set in the ’96 Santee Cooper tournament. Mark Mauldin’s five-fish limit of 27 pounds, 13 ounces still stands as the heaviest one-day stringer weighed in by a co-angler. Kellogg's team member Steve Daniel (left) and his co-angler partner Lewis Southard check in with tournament officials before takeoff. 5. That’s a Wrap: Ranger has always been the official boat of FLW, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that wrapped boats emulating NASCAR racers joined the fleet. Wrapped boats grew out of a marketing effort to give sponsors more visibility at Tour stops. Bright colors and logos of such companies as Land O’ Lakes and Fuji Film characterized the first wrapped boats, which actually weren’t wrapped. Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark., manufactured those first boats with special gel-coat colors to match the company colors. Then, decals were added. The procedure was a stopgap measure, and authentic wrappings were soon developed to match FLW’s growing family of sponsors. The Walmart FLW Tour’s innovation soon became an industry standard. Footnote: Though some of those first “wrapped” Rangers wore “loud” colors, the company sold all of them in the U.S. and Japan. Most of the boats were put to good use, but at least a few were purchased by buyers who realized their value as collectibles. If you own one, congratulations. The 2001 Forrest Wood Cup, which was scheduled to begin on Sept. 12, was cancelled in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedies. 6. The Championship that Wasn’t: The world stopped turning for a few days in September 2001 after Islamic terrorists flew commercial airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, killing thousands in the opening salvo of a new type of war. The horror of Sept. 11 sent shockwaves rippling across the country and affected people and commerce in ways nobody could have imagined beforehand. Among other things, it caused the cancellation of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Champlain, which was set to begin on Sept. 12. In Plattsburgh, N.Y., FLW staff and fishermen had already gathered, and all preparations had been made. Instead of fishing, anglers mourned for the dead with their fellow citizens and made their ways home as best they could. Footnote: Though the winner of the 2001 Forrest Wood Cup would have collected $250,000, it was decided that each of the 50 pros who qualified would split up the prize money equally. Thus, each received $7,700. Each co-angler got $1,300

 
                
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